bombastic

adjective
bom·​bas·​tic | \ bäm-ˈba-stik How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \

Definition of bombastic

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \ bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district
Recent Examples on the Web But this final inning, in which the bombastic title character inexplicably becomes the MLB commissioner, is an out-of-the-park home run. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches," 25 Dec. 2020 The time-hopping – and plot-excising that comes with it – undercut character and relationship development, muddle the already-complex plot and take the oomph out of what could be the most bombastic scenes. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Stand' review: CBS All Access makes a somewhat entertaining mess out of Stephen King's epic," 18 Dec. 2020 Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner were expected to be the middlemen in this deal, bringing together her bombastic father and the city's social elite in a gesture of civility. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "Washington’s establishment hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again," 23 Nov. 2020 Wood, always bombastic and camera-ready, has spoken at length about massive voter fraud but has failed to present a shred of evidence. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Sidney Powell and Lin Wood host Trump-style rally in Georgia, urging boycott of January runoffs," 2 Dec. 2020 Biden is expected to be less bombastic and more diplomatic in his approach. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Corporate America is ready for a Biden presidency," 23 Nov. 2020 But there was tendency to think that overwhelmingly the people who voted for Trump liked his bombastic style. Washington Post, "Dan Rather: Propaganda and injustice are a ‘very potent, toxic mix’," 23 Nov. 2020 For this listener, Wagner’s music is bombastic and boring. New York Times, "‘Wagner’s Music is Bombastic and Boring’ and Other Letters to the Editor," 30 Oct. 2020 Once the bombastic ballot rhetoric from President Trump is history and the 46th president of the United States is installed, your retirement plan may still experience volatility. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Your 401(k) is still likely to have a bumpy ride after the election," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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The first known use of bombastic was in 1660

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12 Jan 2021

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“Bombastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombastic. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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